WHY YOU SHOULD PICK-UP LOCAL PRODUCE
We should be celebrating the vast array of great Toowoomba-made produce, so I’m challenging you all to buy local goods — you have nothing to lose. Three big reasons to motivate you to buy locally include: ■ Local grown produce is fresher and tastier. This is because it is often in-season and has been handled less or spent less time in transit or cold storage. This also means the nutrient content of locally produced food is higher. ■ Eating local means supporting farmers in the community. According to Local Harvest, only 18 cents of every dollar when buying from large supermarkets goes to the grower.
Buying local means the profit goes straight back to local farmers and strengthens the community. ■ It supports the environment. Supporting local food systems generally means less energy use, emissions and less food miles associated with food.
In the Food Miles Australia Report 2008, an average shopping basket from a supermarket travelled over 70,000 kilometres.
There are fantastic markets in both Toowoomba and Highfields to access fresh produce.